by Cori Hilsgen
The old Kennedy School building is getting a new name.
St. Cloud School District 742 Executive Director of Business Kevin Januszewski said the district is in the process of renaming the building to avoid confusion for the location of the two Kennedy buildings.
A naming of the old Kennedy building event was held with the students at the new Kennedy Community School to select a new name.
Principal Dr. Judy Nagel said they were informed there was a need to rename the former Kennedy School building. A recommendation and decision was made to involve the students who attended that school, especially the current sixth- through eighth-grade students.
Teacher Jesus Sandoval and members of the student council were consulted to obtain names. Students in the sixth- through eighth-grade homeroom classrooms chose various names and the list was narrowed down to the top five most popular names. Those five names were taken to the building leadership team and they voted on the name to submit as a recommendation to the district administration and school board members. The name “Colts’ Academy” was chosen.
The name is scheduled to be presented to the St. Cloud School board members at the Feb. 27 meeting. If it’s approved, a new sign will be made for the building.
Januszewski said the sign would be built by the school-district carpenter staff at minimal cost of materials only. He said the sign should be installed within the following month.
Little Saints Academy currently leases space in the old Kennedy school building. It occupies 4,657 square feet of the building.
Hilsgen is a contributing reporter for the Newsleaders. The central Minnesota native is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University – St. Paul, MN and enjoys learning about and sharing other people's stories through the pages of the Newsleaders.